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Indoor Art Exhibit

Doug Crowl

— Browse through the Indoor Art Exhibit at the Depot, and you are promised to see pieces that will catch your eye.

The exhibit covers a wide spectrum of styles, techniques and mediums.

“I love this one,” said Beth Banning, visual arts director for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. She pointed to the ground to several round sculptures in the center of the room.

“These are geodes,” she said.

A closer look reveals each sculpture is spilt open at the top, displaying a sophisticated pattern of shapes that the crystals of a geode make.

It is one of 25 pieces in the exhibit, which opens today.

The Indoor Art Exhibit fills the same slot in the Depot’s exhibit scheduling that the Fine Craft Show did last year.

When choosing pieces for that show, many of the entries were considered to be sculptures rather than crafts.

Crafts, explained Banning, have or had a functional use.

“We thought, ‘Why don’t we do a sculpture show this year?'” she said.

Five locals involved in the community acted as the jury, going through numerous slides of sculptures submitted by artists interested in being in the show. Each juror voted on each slide, without knowing who the artist was.

“The goal is to pick work out on their own, and pick good, strong work,” Banning said.

The result was 25 pieces made by 19 artists.

“Unfortunately, there are no local artists in this show,” Banning said.

Who are in the show are artists from around the country, from New York to California and a few on the Front Range.

Sculptor Wayne Salge, who sculpted the bronze “Antonio” in front of Mocha Molly’s coffee shop, is driving from his home in Johnstown to judge the competition. He also will hold a talk at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Depot to explain how he chose the top placers in the exhibit, as well as talk about his own work.

This will be Salge’s first time at judging, and though he hasn’t seen the exhibit yet, he said he expects it to be a difficult job.

“It’s tough to give places,” Salge said. “I don’t know if you should judge it at all.”

He’ll judge on the presentation of the piece, from the design to its execution.

He’ll also go off feeling: what it says to him.

“Just kind of the way it makes me think about it,” he said.

The opening of the exhibit is from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Depot. It runs until Oct. 27.


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